Monday 10 December 2018 – On Monday, European football’s governing body UEFA published its shortlist for Team of the Year 2018 with two Croatians among the 50 candidates.
Croatia captain and Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modrić is joined by national team vice-captain Ivan Rakitić among the candidates for UEFA Team of the Year.
The 50 players nominated for UEFA Team of the Year 2018:
Goalkeepers: Becker, Lloris, Navas, Oblak, Ter Stegen
Defenders: Alba, Chiellini, Gimenez, Godin, Hernandez, Kimmich, Koulibaly, Manolas, Marcelo, Pique, Ramos, Stones, Umtiti, Van Dijk, Varane
Midfielders: Modrić, Rakitić, Casemira, De Bruyne, Hazard, Isco, Kante, Kroos, Milner, Niguez, Payet, Pjanić, Pogba, Silva, Thauvin
Strikers: Bale, Cavani, Dybala, Džeko, Firmino, Griezmann, Kane, Lewandowski, Mane, Mbappe, Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Salah, Suarez.
UEFA.com’s editors and correspondents helped to make the selection based on players’ domestic and international performances, as well as their displays in our men’s club competitions: the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League
You can help select the final 11 on the official UEFA website.